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When Casting Nailed It... Examples? (Films)

  • 16-05-2019 11:20pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 75,375 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1


    I'm currently rewatching Reaper and am hugely enjoying Ray Wise play the devil. I recalled that the first time around watching it he was the stand out character for me. Sadly I think the show went to just two seasons before two of the main stars decided they wanted to do other things.

    So any other occasions where the casting team nailed it?
    Ardent wrote: »
    Ray Liotta as Henry Hill in Goodfellas. A big part of that movie's greatness.
    Christian Bale in American Psycho.

    Studio wanted Di Caprio but Mary Harron refused to do the movie without Bale, reason been he made her laugh so much as Bateman in his audition.
    Mehaffey1 wrote: »
    Robert Carlisle as Begby in Trainspotting
    Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in Harry Potter
    Gary Oldman as Stanfield in Leon The Professional
    Robert de Niro as Don Corleone in The Godfather.
    _Kaiser_ wrote: »
    OK, if we're doing movies as well....

    - Alan Rickman as Hans in Die Hard. Bruce Willis nailed it as well though

    - Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street

    - Someone already mentioned Ray Liotta in Goodfellas, but Joe Pesci as Tommy (and again as Nicky in Casino)

    - Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile

    - Robert Redford and James Gandolfini in The Last Castle

    This thread in tv forum got some great replies, I thought a film choices one would be good in a dedicated film thread in film forum, credit to Kintarō Hattor


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  • Registered Users Posts: 412 ✭✭ SaltSweatSugar


    Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
    Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,932 ✭✭✭ Pauliedragon


    Brad Pitt in Snatch.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Regional South East Moderators Posts: 9,081 Mod ✭✭✭✭ ziedth


    I think my view on this question would be that you could never see a different actor playing that Character.

    So, for example Keanu Reeves is excellent in John Wick is perfect playing the part but I could imagine a number of other people cast too.

    Best example I can think of is Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds


  • Registered Users Posts: 75,375 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1


    Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
    Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

    And to think how hard it was for RDJ to get taken on at that time by any studio and now he is the man

    Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, an unknown outside of Oz but amazing in that role

    Matt Damon as Jason Bourne


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,065 ✭✭✭ otnomart


    Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin
    Willem Defoe as Vincent Van Gogh

    The Harry Potter movies had great casting for the adult roles.
    (Just think if they got American actors instead...).
    Thankfully they got great British (and Irish) actors.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,831 ✭✭✭✭ Ads by Google


    Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus in the Gladiator.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,831 ✭✭✭✭ Ads by Google


    Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Departed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,470 ✭✭✭✭ RobbingBandit


    Robert De Nero in Goodfellas

    James Woods as Hades in Hercules

    Sean Bean as Ned Stark


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,831 ✭✭✭✭ Ads by Google


    Maria de Medeiros as Fabienne (Butch's girlfriend) in Pulp Fiction.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,181 Charles Ingles


    Arnie in the terminator.
    Nobody else could have done this role


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,351 ✭✭✭ Littlehorny


    Viggo Mortensen in Lord of the Rings.

    Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men.

    Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad.

    Harrison Ford as Han Solo.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,130 ✭✭✭ correction


    Emile Hirsch in Into the Wild

    Paul Dano in There Will be Blood

    Ryan Gosling in Drive

    Ed Norton in American History X

    Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs

    Heath Ledger in Lords of Dogtown

    Jack Black in School of Rock

    Sylvester Stallone in Rocky

    Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko

    Colin Farrell in Phone Booth

    Gary Oldman in The Professional

    Adrien Brody in Detachment

    I could go on forever but I'll stop there. :D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,196 ✭✭✭ Zorya


    Funny how people mostly remember male actors. Was thinking which females?
    Over the top dramatics seem to come to mind...

    Glenn Close in 101 Dalmations (She is very good in The Wife on Netflix now).
    Anjelica Huston in The Addams Family (Thought it wasn't a good casting in The Dead in my opinion)
    Tilda Swinton - The White Witch, but then she usually seems to occupy any role so thoroughly that one could not imagine another doing it.


    Carole Lombard in Gone With The Wind
    Juliette Binoche in Chocolate
    Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice
    Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine and Hideous Kinky...but I did not think she was well cast in Titanic

    Okay, gonna stop now. There are too many.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,661 ✭✭✭✭ Tony EH


    Robert De Niro in 'Taxi Driver'
    Klaus Kinski in 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God'
    Louise Fletcher in 'One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest'
    Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'
    Daniel Day-Lewis in 'My Left Foot'
    Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby in 'Dredd'
    Alan Rickman in 'Die Hard'
    Kevin Spacy in 'The Usual Suspects'
    Sigourney Weaver in 'Alien'
    Michael Rooker in 'Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer'
    Tom Hardy in 'Bronson'
    Kathy Bates in 'Misery'
    Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining'
    Christopher Lee in 'Dracula'
    Vivien Leigh in 'Gone with the Wind'
    Clint Eastwood in 'Dirty Harry'
    Ian McKellen in 'The Lord of the Rings'
    Sean Penn in 'Carlito's Way'


  • Registered Users Posts: 826 ✭✭✭ El Duda


    Martin Clunes as Gary Strang


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,493 ✭✭✭ Goodshape


    Tony EH wrote: »
    Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining'

    Never liked that casting. He looked like Crazy Jack Nicholson from the outset. When he started flipping out it just felt like yeah, Crazy Jack's gonna crazy!


    But great casting – Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    Also Louise Fletcher in the same film. And Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif, and Christopher Lloyd were pretty spot-on too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 443 ✭✭ DaeryssaOne


    correction wrote: »

    Jack Black in School of Rock

    While I do find him quite annoying and not the most all-round of actors, he is so absolutely perfect in that role I genuinely couldn't think of anybody else playing that character, it's just made for him.

    My one would be Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs Doubtfire, so hard to picture anybody else in these roles


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,116 ✭✭✭ blue note


    Arnie in the terminator.
    Nobody else could have done this role

    Apparently OJ Simpson was considered but they decided that since he was an all American hero he wouldn't have been believable as a killer.....


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,566 ✭✭✭ bullpost


    Dennis Hopper - Blue Velvet

    Audrey tautou - Amelie

    Orson Welles - Harry Lime

    Michael J Fox - Back to the Future

    Nicolas Cage - Raising Arizona


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 419 ✭✭ Cryptopagan


    Goodshape wrote: »
    But great casting – Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    Also Louise Fletcher in the same film. And Danny DeVito, Brad Dourif, and Christopher Lloyd were pretty spot-on too.

    I think Dourif and Fletcher are even better than Nicholson in that movie.


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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    Jeff Bridges as The Dude!
    Who else could ever have done it?

    Aragorn, Gandalf in LOTRs.
    They needed to, and did anchor those movies.

    Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent in the HHGTTG movie.
    That movie was flawed but captured the tone perfectly.

    ***

    Honourable mention to Bruce the robot shark in Jaws. His failure to perform was instrumental in the movie being an all time classic.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,471 ✭✭✭ facehugger99


    For me this question makes more sense if the movie is based on a source material that you have previously read and formed a view of the characters, then an actor come along and perfectly captures or even exceeds the idea that you already had in your head.

    Kathy Bates in Misery is one that springs to mind immediately - I really loved the book and she perfectly captures the deranged, super-fan Wilkes character that I had pictured.

    Obviously Ian McKellen from LOTR.

    Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest probably doesn't count. even though I'd read the book before I'd seen the film, I was probably aware it was Nicholson and my mind may have super-imposed him over the Murphy character. Even so - it's a fantastic book that everyone should read, so I'm mentioning it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,470 ✭✭✭✭ RobbingBandit


    Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 5,588 Mod ✭✭✭✭ irish_goat


    Alan Rickman as Snape.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,921 ✭✭✭✭ Buttonftw


    otnomart wrote: »
    The Harry Potter movies had great casting for the adult roles.

    Imelda Staunton as Umbridge was absolutely perfect. My fist curls every time she makes a sound. :P


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,181 Charles Ingles


    Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon

    He was terrible in the Kaufman role, over acted through the whole movie.
    Kaufman was fair more subtle than Carey's portrayal
    The actor doing Tony Clifton was good though


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,809 ✭✭✭ Addle


    Child actors can be great.
    I’m thinking Abigail Breslin in little miss sunshine, Macaulay Culkin in home alone and Mara Wilson in Matilda, Leonardo di capris in A Boys Life.
    Whoever cast them first had great prudence.


  • Registered Users Posts: 412 ✭✭ SaltSweatSugar


    Tony EH wrote: »
    Robert De Niro in 'Taxi Driver'
    Klaus Kinski in 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God'
    Louise Fletcher in 'One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest'
    Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'
    Daniel Day-Lewis in 'My Left Foot'
    Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby in 'Dredd'
    Alan Rickman in 'Die Hard'
    Kevin Spacy in 'The Usual Suspects'
    Sigourney Weaver in 'Alien'
    Michael Rooker in 'Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer'
    Tom Hardy in 'Bronson'
    Kathy Bates in 'Misery'
    Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining'
    Christopher Lee in 'Dracula'
    Vivien Leigh in 'Gone with the Wind'
    Clint Eastwood in 'Dirty Harry'
    Ian McKellen in 'The Lord of the Rings'
    Sean Penn in 'Carlito's Way'

    Definitely Heath Ledger as Joker, he played that part perfectly. Also Karl Urban in Dredd was amazing. Especially as he was adamant about not taking off the helmet.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,115 ✭✭✭ bladespin


    Tony EH wrote:
    Clint Eastwood in 'Dirty Harry'

    Beat me to it: abdolute bullseye for the role.

    Christopher Walken in, well, any movie he's in. Ownership.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 634 ✭✭✭ Sorry about that


    Will Ferrell in Elf.


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